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Butterscotch Pie

Recipe By Tessa Arias
October 17th, 2018
5 from 12 votes
5 from 12 votes

Butterscotch Pie is made with an easy spiced Biscoff cookie crust, homemade butterscotch pudding filling, and is topped with creamy whipped cream. Perfect fall treat!

Yield: 12 servings

Prep Time: 25 minutes

Cook: 25 minutes

Tessa's Recipe Rundown...

Taste: Like a golden sweet caramelized nectar of goodness.
Texture: The crust is buttery yet crunchy, the butterscotch filling is thick and rich, while the whipped cream is light and creamy.
Ease: The butterscotch pudding filling does take a few steps, but there’s no pie crust involved and it can be made ahead of time.
Pros: Delightful fall pie.
Cons: None!
Would I make this again? Absolutely.

In a world full of salted caramel, butterscotch is often overlooked and forgotten.

Poor butterscotch.

Butterscotch Pie is made with an easy spiced Biscoff cookie crust, homemade butterscotch pudding filling, and is topped with creamy whipped cream. Perfect fall treat!

That’s why I’m excited to shine the spotlight on butterscotch with this pie recipe. It’ll make you remember just how wonderfully sweet and complex the stuff is. Liquid gold! Well, in this case, pudding gold.

Homemade Butterscotch Pudding Pie - no pastry involved! Perfect for Thanksgiving.

I particularly love this recipe for holidays like Thanksgiving. Why? Well there’s no pie crust involved. Just a simple ground cookie crust.

Also, this recipe has to be made ahead of time. It doesn’t take up more than 10 minutes in the oven since the filling is made on the stovetop.

Every bite just tastes like fall goodness. It’s just about perfect!

Butterscotch Pie is made with an easy spiced Biscoff cookie crust, homemade butterscotch pudding filling, and is topped with creamy whipped cream. Perfect fall treat!

Butterscotch Pie Recipe Tips


One of my favorite parts of this recipe is the sweet yet spiced Biscoff cookie crust. You know, the cookies you get when you’re on the plane? They’re like a combination of gingerbread and graham crackers and they complement the butterscotch flavor oh so well.

You can find them at most grocery stores. I’ve seen them at Walmart, Target, and Kroger stores and you can find them under the name Speculoos at Trader Joe’s.

If you can’t find them or don’t want to use Biscoff, you can easily replace it with 250 grams of any other crispy cookie. That’s 17 graham crackers (when I say graham cracker, I mean the full rectangle). Vanilla wafers or gingersnaps would also be fun options!

Filling (read this!)

I would highly recommend reading the recipe through once or twice before you actually get started making the filling. It’s not hard, promise, but there are a few different components involved. You make a caramel / butterscotch sauce then make pudding which involves tempering eggs.

Tempering sounds really fancy but it’s basically just how we gently bring the eggs up to temperature without scrambling them. I talk more about tempering in this video post for how to make homemade custard ice cream.

Whole milk really does work best here. You may be able to get away with 2% milk, but anything lower will lead to a watery filling that won’t set quite as well. I haven’t tried this recipe with any non-dairy subs.

Note: Be sure your pie dish isn’t too shallow. As you can see in the photos this recipe basically fills the pie pan all the way to the top with butterscotch goodness.

Make Ahead

This pie must chill for at least 6 hours in the fridge. I almost always just make it the day before I plan to serve it so it can firm up completely overnight. It’ll stay good in the fridge for a few days, but the crust will get soggy the longer it sits. The whipped cream topping is best made the day it’s served. Serve chilled.

Homemade Butterscotch Pudding Pie - no pastry involved! Perfect for Thanksgiving.

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Photos by Ashley McLaughlin.

5 from 12 votes

How to make
Butterscotch Pie

Yield: 12 servings
Prep Time: 25 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Inactive Time 6 hours
Total Time: 6 hours 50 minutes
Butterscotch Pie is made with an easy spiced Biscoff cookie crust, homemade butterscotch pudding filling, and is topped with creamy whipped cream. Perfect fall treat!


For the cookie crust:

  • 32 Speculoos / Biscoff cookies (250 gram package)
  • 6 tablespoons (85 grams) unsalted butter, melted

For the filling:

  • 6 large egg yolks, beaten
  • 3/4 cup (150 grams) granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup (100 grams) packed dark brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup (43 grams) cornstarch
  • 3/4 teaspoon fine salt
  • 3 cups whole milk
  • 1 tablespoon (14 grams) unsalted butter

For topping:

  • 1 cup chilled heavy whipping cream
  • 3 tablespoons (23 grams) powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • Crushed Speculoos / Biscoff cookies, for garnish, if desired


Make the crust:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  2. In the bowl of a food processor pulse the Speculoos cookies until finely ground. Add the butter and pulse until moistened. Use the bottom of a measuring cup, glass, or ramekin to press the crust mixture into the bottom and up the sides of a fairly deep 9-inch pie plate. Bake until fragrant, about 12 minutes. Cool completely on a wire rack.

Make the filling:

  1. Read the filling instructions completely before beginning.

  2. Whisk the egg yolks together in a large heatproof bowl until smooth.
  3. In a small stainless saucepan, combine the granulated sugar with 1/4 cup water. Gently stir with a silicone spatula. Cook over medium heat until the sugar is dissolved. Increase the heat to medium high and continue to cook, swirling the pan occasionally without stirring, until the mixture turns a dark amber color, about 10 minutes total.

  4. Remove from heat. Gradually stir in the heavy cream. Set aside.
  5. In medium saucepan, whisk together the brown sugar, cornstarch, and salt. Add half of the milk, whisking to combine. Whisk in the remaining milk. Set over medium high heat, whisking often, until the mixture comes to a boil. Remove from heat and add in the butterscotch mixture.
  6. Gradually ladle about a quarter of the hot liquid into the egg yolks, whisking constantly, to temper the eggs. Add another quarter of the hot mixture to the eggs, whisking. Slowly transfer the egg mixture back into the saucepan. Whisking constantly, bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Boil for 2 to 3 minutes, or until thickened like pudding.

  7. Remove from heat and stir in the butter. Whisk vigorously for 1 minute to encourage the mixture to cool. Pour through a mesh sieve into the prepared crust to remove any lumps.
  8. Cover with plastic wrap and chill in the fridge for at least 6 hours or overnight to set. At this point the pie can be made ahead of time and stored in the fridge for up to 2 days.

Make the topping:

  1. In a medium mixing bowl, use an electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment to beat the cream on medium high speed until it begins to thicken. Add in the sugar and vanilla and continue to beat until soft peaks form.
  2. Spread over the pie. Garnish with Speculoos crumbs, if desired. Serve.
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American

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  1. #
    Kelly Cletheroe — October 17, 2018 at 3:48 am

    Ok so a Biscoff crust is GENIUS – this looks delicious!

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      Tessa — October 17, 2018 at 2:01 pm

      Thank you!!

  2. #
    Meredith Conant — October 17, 2018 at 10:30 am

    this looks amazing! are you supposed to add sugar to the crust? how much? thanks!

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      Tessa — October 17, 2018 at 2:01 pm

      Thank you! Just corrected the recipe – there’s no sugar in the crust. I realized the Biscoff cookies were plenty sweet on their own 🙂

  3. #
    Lizet Flores de Bowen — October 17, 2018 at 10:55 am

    Yes! I’ll be making this pie. I was trying to think of a fresh dessert for Thanksgiving. And then I see this. Thanks Tessa! Greetings from hot Paraguay

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      Tessa — October 17, 2018 at 2:01 pm

      Yay 🙂

  4. #
    Jeni — October 26, 2018 at 4:14 am

    Oh my goodness! I remember having butterscotch pudding pie when I was a kid. Thank you so much for the recipe! I never see butterscotch recipes anymore and it has always been one of my favorites. I think I’m going to make one today AND for Thanksgiving when my mom visits, as she’ll love it too! Oh, and i know Costco where I live sells Biscoff cookies too.

  5. #
    Natalie Dawn — October 26, 2018 at 11:13 am

    This looks amazing and perfect for the fall weather! Can’t wait to have a go at this recipe. Thanks X

  6. #
    Robyn — November 10, 2018 at 12:30 pm

    Tessa- when you say cover the pudding for 6 hours, is that already in the pie crust, or chilled seperatly (prior to putting it into the crust)? Thanks, really looking forward to trying this!

  7. #
    Andrea — December 31, 2018 at 3:14 pm

    I made this pie for Christmas as other family members had the traditional pies covered. This pie was amazing. I loved this pie. Everyone loved this pie. I was nervous making it, but the instructions were great. It’s a rich, creamy, sweet piece of perfection. I will definitely be making this again!!!! Thank you!

  8. #
    Julie — April 12, 2019 at 12:31 am

    Hi; I think that I have just ruined this pie by using 6 Australian sized tablespoons of butter which equates to 120gms butter.
    I would love it if you could put the weight of the ingredients if necessary and not just ‘tablespoon or cup’ as I think these differ in many countries?

    • #
      Tessa — April 12, 2019 at 10:56 am

      Oh no! The other volume measurements have grams, so I went ahead and added in the butter as well. Thanks for the feedback!

  9. #
    Nanma — April 21, 2019 at 2:44 am

    Delicious. I made for Easter lunch and everyone liked it. Probably didn’t let the pie crust cool long enough before putting in filling as it was a bit soft in some spots but crunchy in others. Great butterscotch flavour. Thank you for sharing.

  10. #
    Kim — November 2, 2019 at 11:44 am

    Is this recipe for 2 pies?

  11. #
    Louise — November 8, 2019 at 2:07 pm

    I intend to make this but I live in Ontario and haven’t found Biscoff, is there something else I could use such as graham cracker crumbs or just a baked regular pie crust? Thank you for your response.

  12. #
    Ankit — November 12, 2019 at 2:46 am

    The pie looks amazing. The list of ingredients for the filling has unsalted butter but I don’t see it anywhere in the steps. At what stage do I add the butter?

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      Jen — November 23, 2019 at 8:28 pm

      Ankit – You add the butter right after you take the pudding off the heat. You whisk it in right before you put the mixture through the mesh sieve..second to last paragraph in the filling directions 🙂

  13. #
    Karie — November 24, 2019 at 9:04 pm

    Quick question….I’m planning on making this for Thanksgiving. The recipe calls for 1/4 cup heavy cream but the directions say to add 1/4 cup of water to the sugars. Which one is it or is it both?

    Thank you!!

  14. #
    Lauren — November 27, 2019 at 7:32 am

    I made this yummy tart yesterday. It is delicious, with a deep butterscotch richness. I made it in a tart pan and used tart dough, instead of cookie crust. There was extra filling as tart pans are more shallow than pie pans. My husband was happy to help out and eat the extra pudding!

  15. #
    AJB — December 3, 2019 at 6:08 pm

    Deserves 10 Stars!
    I ❤️❤️❤️ this pie. I will definitely make this again. Great instructions too.

  16. #
    Patti — December 5, 2019 at 8:51 pm

    This was my first ever attempt to make butterscotch pie. It took me extra time because I had to read the directions more than normal, but next time I’m sure it will be easier. Everyone loved it – absolutely delicious!

  17. #
    EVA — December 18, 2019 at 8:31 am

    Hello Tessa! Just made your pie, I was looking for a wintery version of my Raspberry/chocolate ganache pie and yours was just it! Eating it right now with a drizzle of Biscoff on top! Super sliceable even after a night in the fridge, holds perfectly its shape. Thank you Tessa! Really likeyour blog, feel free to check my tiny tlittle blog and feedback me if you want! 😉

  18. #
    Janelle Patet — January 26, 2020 at 9:28 am

    Hi Tessa,
    I haven’t made this yet, but am wondering about how I cover it at the end. Do I have the plastic wrap lay on the pudding so you don’t have a layer that forms?

    Thank you.

  19. #
    Nancy — February 1, 2020 at 12:49 pm

    Best butterscotch pie ever!!

  20. #
    Jen — February 14, 2020 at 3:10 pm

    Just made this for the first time. Never had butterscotch pie before, but followed directions exactly and pie came out perfectly! I sneaked a little taste of the filling when it was finished and it is delicious! Can’t wait to serve it to my family tomorrow for our Valentines Day dinner! Coming from a person who cooks three meals a day, this is a great recipe! Follow the directions and it will come out perfectly!

  21. #
    Lys — March 3, 2020 at 5:56 am

    Hi Tessa and all!
    Is it possible to warm the pie up prior to serving? Or would this ruin the pudding?

    Thank you!

    • #
      Tessa Arias — March 3, 2020 at 5:40 pm

      It needs to be served chilled 🙂

  22. #
    andrea jonna charuk — July 27, 2020 at 2:14 pm

    I’m so excited to try this recipe! In your “butterscotch sauce” recipe there is information about adding scotch, bourbon, run, etc. to spice up the flavor and cut sweetness a bit. Also in that recipe, you recommend adding the liquor after taking the sauce off the heat.
    Would it be possible ( or advised) to add the liquor in this butterscotch recipe? If so, at which step in the process would you recommend adding it?

  23. #
    Emmi — August 5, 2020 at 8:27 am

    I made this. The pudding is an extensive process which took most of my time. I used dark brown sugar instead of regular brown sugar. I could not find those biscoff cookies any where so I made my own crust instead and it came out better. For the whipped cream I only used 2 tablespoons of powder sugar in the cold whipping cream for less sweet and I increased the vanilla extract to 1 and 1/2 teaspoons for a bolder vanilla flavor. With the ingredients plus the extra work this pie takes this definitely will be a once a year pie for the holidays. My other thought would be to make these into smaller individual portions for easier serving and less time required in the refrigerator.

  24. #
    Melanie — August 19, 2020 at 2:45 pm

    I had never had butterscotch pie before but was told it was excellent. I used a graham cracker crust and no whip.

    Can this be made with meringue?

  25. #
    Vivian — September 23, 2020 at 7:03 pm

    Wowzers!!! Just put in the fridge for 6hr chill and I already can’t wait! Next time I’ll reserve some filling for my coffee the next morning!

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